Ricky Martin is a Puerto Rican singer, actor, and author who rose to fame in the 1990s with hits like "Livin' la Vida Loca" and "She Bangs." He was born on December 24, 1971, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Martin began his music career as a member of the Latin boy band Menudo, before embarking on a solo career in 1991. He gained international fame with his fourth album, "Vuelve," which included the hit single "La Copa de la Vida," which became the official song of the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
Throughout his career, Martin has sold over 70 million records worldwide and has won numerous awards, including multiple Grammy Awards, Latin Grammy Awards, and Billboard Music Awards. He is considered one of the most successful Latin music artists of all time.
In addition to his music career, Martin has also acted in various TV shows and movies, including the TV series "American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace," for which he won an Emmy Award in 2018. He has also been a philanthropist and advocate for various causes, including children's rights and the LGBTQ+ community.
Martin publicly came out as gay in 2010, and has since been a prominent advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, using his platform to raise awareness and support for the community.